The Mauser C96 (Construktion 96) is a semi-automatic pistol that was originally produced by German arms manufacturer Mauser from 1896 to 1937. Unlicensed copies of the gun were also manufactured in Spain and China in the first half of the 20th century.
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The Mauser C96 (Construktion 96), nicknamed the «Broomhandle», was the first semi-automatic pistol to see widespread use.It was manufactured from 1896 to 1937 in Germany, as well as being manufactured in direct or modified – and often unlicensed – form in other countries, such as Spain, and especially China.
Production began: 1896
The Gun That Mauser Didn’t Want Made. Despite the name, Paul Mauser did not design the Mauser C96. Credit goes to the Feederle brothers, Fidel, Friedrich, and Josef.
The ‘Broomhandle’ Mauser C96: One of the World’s Most Iconic Firearms Revolutionary for its time, the distinctive Mauser C96 pistol — also known as the ‘Broomhandle’ — fought all around the world.
MAUSER C96 BROOMHANDLE Description: What I can tell you is that the serial number is 35234 and all numbers that I can see match with the exception of the wooden shoulder stock/case. I am fairly sure that it is chambered for a 7.63. There are 27 lines in the grip. One websight has it at a 1904 manufacture date. 50-1000 meter rear sight.
In 1896, Mauser began producing the C96 semi-automatic pistol, which differed from other handguns because of its integral box magazine in front of the trigger, the wooden stock that doubled as a holster or carrying case, and the grip which was shaped like a broom handle, resulting in …
The “Bolo” Mauser is the short barreled (i.e. 3.9″/99mm barrel) version of the original C96. These pistols were made in large numbers for the new Bolshevik government of Soviet Russia and the name “Bolo” came from the word Bolshevik.
The grip earned the gun the nickname «Broomhandle» in the English-speaking world because of its round wooden handle. However, in China the C96 was nicknamed the «box cannon» because of its square-shaped internal magazine and the fact it could be …